Nice things for desks. Nice things for shelves. Nice things for coffee tables. Mandy Simpson makes really nice things. Formerly working as a graphic designer with an interior design background, Mandy launched her new homewares business Esko, just a fortnight ago.
Designing products wasn’t part of Mandy’s master plan. ‘I was searching for homewares and not finding quite what I was looking for,’ she recalls, ‘this led me to start designing my own’. Designing functional products soon became an addictive creative outlet, as Mandy saw her ideas manifested in physical form, on display in her home and those of her friends. She thought perhaps others might like them in their homes too. Esko was born shortly after.
Travelling through Japan, Denmark and Norway over the years has informed Mandy’s clean and crisp aesthetic. ‘My heart felt happy and full in these places, it’s corny but true!’ she says. She designs her range from a home studio in Darlinghurst, Sydney, and each pot is then handmade in Indonesia – the pots and lids are wheel thrown, whilst each handle is hand built. An important facet of Mandy’s business is partnering with organisations with a commitment to ethical standards and preserving artisan skills in remote overseas communities. ‘I want to continue working with small artisanal manufacturers’ Mandy says.
We love Mandy’s first range of ceramic vessels, with their strong cylindrical shape and graphic silhouette. She plans to add a ceramic lamp and other homewares to the range in the upcoming months.
Esko is available online here.